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Public Works Hydrant Flushing

May 13 - May 17

Meskwaki Public Works Hydrant Flushing Week: May 13-17, 2024

Hydrant Flushing is done twice a year to enhance water quality by:

  • Flushing sediment from the water mains.
  • Verifying the proper operation of hydrants and valves.
  • Ensuring firefighting capability.

During Hydrant Flushing:

  • There may be a temporary drop in water pressure at this time.
  • Water may be rusty or cloudy. Discolored water is not harmful and will clear up in a few hours.
  • Do not wash white laundry during this period (wait until cold and hot water are running clear).
  • Avoid washing laundry during scheduled Flushing times. Wait until the water runs clear at the tap, and then wash a load of dark clothes first.

Some additional information on what to do after the Hydrant Flushing:

  • If tap water is used during flushing, it could come out full of sediment that causes discoloration. If you encounter discoloration, run cold water for a few minutes allowing new water to work its way into your pipes. If water isclear, its OK to use. If not, wait a few minutes and check again. This discoloration only affects the appearance of the water; it does not affect the taste or water quality.
  • If pressure or volume seems low, check your faucet screens for trapped particles.

If you have any questions or concerts, please contact Meskwaki Public Works at (641) 484-4600.


May 13
May 17
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